Reports Report 340aeu (Event 340-2016)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 340-2016
Observer
NameSally B
Experience Level5/5
RemarksI do not make a point of observing meteors on a regular basis, but I am a former professional astronomer and do pay attention to the night sky. I am also a scientific illustrator, so my observing ability is enhanced by my art background. This occasion, however, was pure luck and I certainly wasn't prepared to time this accurately. The details of my observations are described to the best I can recall. It was pretty special.
Location
AddressLovettsville, VA
Latitude39° 15' 18.01'' N (39.26°)
Longitude 77° 33' 43.09'' W (-77.56°)
Elevation172.9m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2016-01-30 18:15 EST
UT Date & Time2016-01-30 23:15 UT
Duration≈1.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up right to down left
Descent Angle266°
Moving
Facing azimuth354.23°
First azimuth0.76°
First elevation27°
Last azimuth351.85°
Last elevation30°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-13
ColorBright yellow interior w/ orange to orange-red edges
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration1s
Length
RemarksLight smoke trail seen against a clear, medium-blue background; gray-brown, irregular smoky billows, trailing after the bright head and dissipating within 2-3 seconds.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Fragmentation
ObservationYes
RemarksLarge bright head shedding smaller pieces (maybe 3 big and maybe some tiny "chips"); all on the same trajectory, but the fragments dropped off at a more acute angle than the main body. Main body simply disappeared after a couple of seconds.